Tonight at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert Cristopher Cichocki, the museum’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence, will be at The Galen from 6-8 p.m. to discuss his new installation “Desert Abyss: Dry Capsule”, on view in the museum’s Annette Bloch Education Wing until January 8, 2014.

The installation continues the artist’s previously-installed “Desert Abyss: Cycle in Cycle” narrative at the Palm Springs location, and features new works alongside reconfigured works.

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This “Meet the Artist” reception will enable participants to examine Cickocki’s work and discuss with him his inspirations and techniques.

Admission to the museum and to the event is free.

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Winter Solstice Paper Lanterns
Additionally on Friday, the museum will be offering a celebration of the upcoming Winter Solstice with a free, fun family activity. Winter Solstice has long been observed as the shortest day – and longest night – of the year, and throughout history many cultures have developed celebrations that honor the day by using candles, lanterns and fire. At the museum’s Winter Solstice event, participants will be able to create festive paper lanterns, and all materials and instructions will be provided for free. Participants can walk through The Galen to view the current
Galen at The Galen exhibition to become inspired by what they see and these inspirations to their lanterns. All participants will be allowed to take their lantern home to light up the dark winter nights.
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About the Cristopher Cichocki
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Cichocki defines his work as “New Earth Art,” where mutations of nature and industry manifest as one. Inspired by the troubled Salton Sea and adjoining desert geology, landscapes, topographies and micro-worlds, Cichocki gathers resources from desolate surroundings and uses them as source material. The Desert Abyss installation explores a desert that has emerged from the depths of an ancient ocean. Imagery, both microscopic and telescopic in perception, provides a cyclical sense of nature inverting itself. The concept of water in its myriad forms plays a prominent role in Cichocki’s work, which emphasizes the correlations between life, water and survival.

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About the Palm Springs Art Museum – Palm Desert
Now in it’s 75th year, the Palm Springs Art Museum has two locations in the Coachella Valley: The flagship building is located in downtown Palm Springs and features compelling art exhibitions and a vast permanent collection, all on view in 150,000 square feet, architecturally significant building. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is an 8,400 square foot, Silver LEED-certified building named The Galen that presents changing exhibitions and collections.  It is surrounded by the four-acre Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden that features more than 10 significant sculpture works.  Both museum locations are open to the public with free admission every Thursday evening from 4-8 p.m.and the Palm Springs facility offers free admission and programming the second Sunday of each month. A center for architecture and design is slated to open in fall 2014. For more information, call760-322-4800 or visit www.psmuseum.org
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